Devils relatively happy with split in Florida

Associated Press Modified: April 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm •  Published: April 16, 2012

"That's the waves of momentum that you ride in the playoffs," DeBoer said. "You see it everywhere. I don't know why — when we had them 3-0 — we couldn't come back with another period. I am sure Kevin would say the same thing when they had it (last) night. That's playoff hockey. Overall, I like our game. I like where we are at.

"We are doing a lot of things well. We feel confident moving forward."

The Devils made two key mistakes in the loss Sunday. Defenseman Andy Greene took a penalty in the opening minute that allowed the Panthers to take the lead, and a full two-minute, two-man advantage in the second period gave Florida its second goal.

Florida is 3 of 7 with the extra man in the series. The Devils are 1 of 8 on the power play.

"We've got a lot of guys that have been there, done that," said Stephen Weiss, who waited a decade to make the playoffs. "We're going to be patient. It's not going to be easy but we're excited to go and give it our best shot and try to steal a couple there."

The Devils, who missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1996, have struggled at home in the postseason in recent years. They have not escaped the first round in their last three appearances, posting a 3-7 mark at the Prudential Center.

Goaltender Martin Brodeur said this is a different team, one that is much closer and tighter.

And a lot better.

"When you go and match up with a team more and more, you learn how to play as a team," Brodeur said. "It's quite obvious now that we know we have to play a high tempo game, if we want to be successful against these guys."

Parise might be the key. He has had 12 shots in the first two games and has failed to score.

"I had some great opportunities," Parise said. "They will go in. It is frustrating when it's not going in. I like the way I am playing. I am getting some great opportunities."

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